Lee County deputy on leave after failing to show up at 911 call
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Sheriff Mike Scott says one of his deputies should be fired after he did not show up at a 911 call.
Officials say a woman is now dead. Neighbors say they found her lying on the ground with ants crawling over her body, her phone in one hand, and medication in the other.
“If what I know is in fact validated and proven through this investigation, my estimation is that it leaves him unfit to wear this uniform and as long as I’m the sheriff, he’ll not ever wear it again,” said Scott.
Sources tell WINK News that Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., someone called 911 from a house near Ortiz Avenue. Nobody spoke on the other end of the line.
“We know that we dispatched a 911 call, we know that it was a valid call,” said Scott.
Operators stayed on the line, and a deputy named Yvan Fernandez was dispatched.
Fernandez said he was on his way. But Scott says that a preliminary investigation shows Deputy Fernandez did not go, and it appears that instead, he may have gone to lunch.
“I need to confirm whether or not whether he was physically at the restaurant when the call came to him or whether he had not yet made it to the restaurant and was still en route,” said Scott.
Sources tell WINK News that about 30 minutes into the call, another deputy was dispatched instead. Before any help arrived, family friends found a woman lying on the ground.
“He called me back around 1:41 and said ‘Gwen is laying out in the yard, she has the house phone in one hand and her pills in the other hand and she’s not moving,'” said Cykecya Russ.
Russ says 47-year-old Gwen Minis, was a family friend who had just gotten out of the hospital after having a heart attack. Her brother found her lying face down next to the driveway.
Exact details are unclear because it’s still so early in the sheriff’s internal investigation. However, sources tell WINK News it was almost an hour before a deputy finally arrived.
“Immediately upon learning of this, Itook his gun, his badge and his vehicle and put him on what we call administrative leave with pay,” said Scott.